Senior Bowl Notes: Derrick Williams

Former Penn State standout Derrick Williams is turning heads in Mobile as he practices for the upcoming Senior Bowl. Get an update on his progress from this week's practices.

Scout's NFL analysts Ed Thompson, Adam Caplan and Chris Steuber have been in Mobile this week to take in the practices for the upcoming Senior Bowl. Both analysts have indicated Derrick Williams has been impressive in most aspects of his game through the preparation sessions.

At the early weigh-in Williams was measured at 5-foot-11 and 197 pounds. So far the consensus is that he is among the best receiving targets on the field thanks to his athleticism and "sure hands." Observers are impressed with his sharp routes and ability to get off the line and create separation.

The one aspect of his game where he has surprisingly shown early signs of struggle is on special teams. During Monday's session he mishandled a few punts, including a 61-yarder.

As Scout's analyst Chris Stuber conveyed, "The usually sure-handed playmaker has great ability with the ball in his hands, but he's pressing and is allowing the ball to play him. He mishandled a couple of punts during yesterday's practice and continued his adventures this morning. But when he did catch the ball, it was obvious that he has great field vision and elusiveness."

So far, Williams has met with representatives of teams like the Carolina Panthers, Baltimore Ravens and Indianapolis Colts. With Marvin Harrison's future in Indianapolis uncertain, the Colts are considering Williams' potential as another legitimate deep threat for Peyton Manning. As his stock continues to rise the consensus among observers is that more team will take notice and request a meeting with Williams.

Stay tuned for further reports on Williams Senior Bowl progress.

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